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September 17, 2016

Science and technology is a Waterloo Region specialty, and it's the theme of our 14th Doors Open Waterloo Region event.
 
More site listings to come!

Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Toronto. The region is made up of three urban municipalities – Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo – and four rural townships – North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

With a combined population of more than 553,000, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario and is expected to reach a total population of 729,000 by 2031. Waterloo Region residents enjoy excellent educational institutions, health services and cultural and recreational facilities. The Region of Waterloo International Airport affords convenient access to domestic and international destinations; Toronto's Pearson International Airport is located only 45 minutes away. Waterloo Region is distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary educational institutions and world-class skills and talent. The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning host over 50,000 post-secondary students annually, including 10,000 graduate and 11,000 cooperative education students. Wilfrid Laurier University has one of the largest business schools in Canada, and is renowned for its science and music faculties. The University of Waterloo is home to the largest cooperative education program in the world, and is consistently ranked first in its role as the nation's most innovative university. Our balance of urban and rural landscapes and lifestyles, skilled labour force, proximity to major North American markets and transportation networks, as well as diverse ethnic makeup, contribute to the continued success of this area.

Do you want to get involved? If you'd like to volunteer with Doors Open Waterloo Region 2016, send us an email at doorsopen@regionofwaterloo.ca.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Former Waterloo County Courthouse

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
20 Weber Street East and 77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1964, renovated 2014
Architect: Snider Huget and March Architects and Engineers (1964), Robertson Simmons architects inc. (2014)
Building type: Courthouse
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A well-conserved example of modern architecture on the site of the original circa 1852 county courthouse, this building now houses the Region of Waterloo offices and archives. Original details include the boomerang-shaped plan, Conestoga wagon-inspired entrance, interior tile and terrazzo lobby stairs and floor. Guided tours will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the building and its archival collections (1816-2015).
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2012
Architect: KPMB Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This remarkable building at the University of Waterloo is a state-of-the-art research centre and an architectural marvel. Shared by the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, the centre is the ideal environment for researchers working to unlock the amazing power of quantum information science and the boundless potential of nanotechnology.
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1852-53 (gaol); 1878 (Governor's House)
Architect: Mellish & Russell, Brantford (gaol); D.W. Gingerich, Waterloo (Governor's House)
Building type: Courthouse
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; gaol access by guided tour only (approximately one hour)
These Doors Open Waterloo Region favourites are the oldest buildings in Waterloo County and were saved from an uncertain fate by community action. The heritage exteriors are designated, and the interiors are excellent examples of adaptive reuse. The massive, granite former jail houses Provincial Offences courtrooms. The stately Victorian house is home to the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (www.preventingcrime.ca).